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John Andrew PETERS

(1822-1904)

PETERS, John Andrew, (uncle of John Andrew Peters [1864-1953]), a Representative from Maine; born in Ellsworth, Hancock County, Maine, October 9, 1822; attended Gorham Academy, and was graduated from Yale College in 1842; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1844 and commenced practice in Bangor, Maine, in 1844; member of the State senate in 1862 and 1863; served in the State house of representatives in 1864; attorney general of the State 1864-1866; elected as a Republican to the Fortieth, Forty-first, and Forty-second Congresses (March 4, 1867-March 3, 1873); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1872; judge of the supreme judicial court of Maine 1873-1883 and served as chief justice from 1883 until January 1, 1900, when he resigned; died in Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, April 2, 1904; interment in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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